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Free food made available by restaurants, organizations 

Junior Kate Gage packs food for students who need food while school is out of session because of the COVID-19 school cancelation and spring break. The Birdfeeder program collected food donations March 16. According to an announcement March 16, Park students can pick up a bag of groceries in the main office after school.

Talia Lissauer

March 16, 2020

Updated as of 11 a.m. March 16. In light of Governor Tim Walz closing all Minnesota schools March 18-27, many restaurants across Minnesota have announced they will be providing free lunches for students who qualify for free/reduced lunches, according to KSTP. The St. Louis Park Public Schools nutriti...

STEP Empty Bowls spreads awareness of food insecurity in SLP

Junior Katie Casey hands a bowl full of soup and bread to a St. Louis Park citizen Feb. 13. Casey volunteered at the STEP Empty Bowls event alongside many Park students.

Sofie Geretz

February 18, 2020

Reflecting on the STEP Empty Bowls event Feb. 13, owner and artistic director of GoodSpace Murals Greta McLain said the event brings the community together while promoting a good cause. “It's so beautiful to see people coming together around a cause and also coming together on one of the coldest...

Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns

The Canadian Pacific Holiday Train made its way to St. Louis Park for the third year in a row 6 p.m. Dec. 12. The train stopped right outside of STEP, south of Lake Street, so people could bring in money and food donations while enjoying music at the event.

Sofia Seewald

December 12, 2019

While the Dec. 11 temperature dropped below zero, hundreds of people in the St. Louis Park community still gathered for an evening of free hot chocolate, music and holiday lights at the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train, according to senior Sam McGurgan.  “Even though it was really cold, everyone ...

Birdfeeder provides meals for Thanksgiving

Senior Hayden Haase packs food for Thanksgiving meals Nov. 26. Junior Ayan Hassan helped organize the event in an effort to give families food for Thanksgiving.

Maria Perez Barriga and Jayde Claussen

November 27, 2019

As a way to assist families over Thanksgiving break Nov. 27-Dec. 1, Birdfeeder co-manager junior Ayan Hassan said the club will shop for items to pack meals for students in need.  “This Thanksgiving we are giving out meals to students who want food to take home for their families,” Hassan said...

Birdfeeder expands impact on Park

Senior and Clothing Closet manager Hayden Haase hangs a dress Oct. 28 in the recently opened Clothing Closet. Students can come in during third hour to pick out clothes for free.

Molly Schochet and Isra Mohamed

October 31, 2019

In order to prevent worry about access to basic necessities such as food, Birdfeeder supervisor Sophia Ross said the Birdfeeder works to relieve students of this stress. “Our school is either at 34% or 35% free or reduced lunch. When I’m hungry, I can’t get my mind off...

Pet-friendly restaurant prepares for opening

Craft and Crew Hospitality’s latest restaurant, The Block, will feature a dog-friendly patio and dog menu. Construction on the restaurant began in May 2019 and is expected to be completed in the fall of 2019.

Sam Swisher

October 7, 2019

According to director of communications for Craft and Crew Hospitality Chasity Sorenson, The Block hopes to benefit from community events happening nearby. “The Block will be a great place for students and their families to come and enjoy food and time together after school, after games and on week...

Local pad thai flavors vary

Local pad thai flavors vary

Noah Orloff

April 9, 2019

I tasted vegetarian pad thai at five different local restaurants, reviewing the various components that make up a pad thai. The reviews below are not based off authenticity or traditionality — subjects that I am not qualified for — instead it is simply how much I enjoyed each dish. I acknowledge...

Zimmern discusses his new restaurant at West End

Zimmern discusses his new restaurant at West End

Megan Raatz

December 21, 2018

After years of planning and preparation, St. Louis Park’s West End is now home to the Lucky Cricket, a new restaurant with a fresh and eccentric take on Chinese cuisine, according to Andrew Zimmern. The man behind it all, celebrity chef and the host of the Travel Channel’s television show “Bizarre Food...

Falafel restaurants impress, disappoint

The falafel sandwich from Falafel King came with cucumbers, tomatoes, tahini and hummus, all of my favorite toppings. This sandwich reigned supreme, receiving a 5/5 star rating because of its superior falafel flavor and tahini sauce.

Noah Orloff

October 9, 2018

Falafel is a fried Middle Eastern and Mediterranean dish that is typically put inside a pita. A traditional falafel ball is made out of chickpeas. The sandwich can be ordered with varying topping options, tahini and hummus being my go-tos. Tahini is a sauce made from ground sesame seeds and hummus is a sp...

New diets, eating habits grow in popularity with mixed results

Senior Hannah Wolk prepares a cauliflower shrimp stir fry May 2. Wolk and her family previously participated in the Whole30 challenge, during which participants eliminate sugar, alcohol, grains, legumes, soy, and dairy from their diets for 30 days. Although they no longer keep a strict paleo diet, Wolk and her family still eat many paleo foods.

Dani Orloff

May 5, 2018

As senior Hannah Wolk reflects on her experience participating in the Whole30 challenge she said she felt electrified after the lifestyle change. “I definitely felt a lot healthier and not very bloated at all,” Wolk said. “I would normally feel bloated after a big meal or eating a lot of sugar, ...

Juice bar looks to attract Park community

Vibe Organic Juice Bar opens on Excelsior blvd March 19. The juice bar will serve a variety of juices and organic foods.

Sofia Seewald

February 24, 2018

As local owner and founder of Vibe Organic Juice Bar Amber Thielen prepares to open her juice bar off of Excelsior Boulevard, she said she hopes to gain interest among people of all ages for her business. “We’re trying to attract everyone in the community,” Thielen said. “People ask me if I h...

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